December 2008 eNewsletter: Empowering Grassroots Leaders

India Leaders - December 2008 News

Dear Friends,

Bhavika Bhiku Bobale is the president of her village council in the state of Maharashtra in India. Her husband works in Mumbai, where terrorist attacks recently shocked the world, while Bhavika manages all the household and agricultural duties. Through her participation in Hunger Project trainings, Bhavika has become a fearless women's advocate, fighting corruption and improving the education status and sanitation facilities in her village.

Bhavika's story is one of thousands: to date, The Hunger Project has trained more than 315,000 grassroots volunteer leaders who are initiating change in their villages throughout Africa, South Asia and Latin America and mobilizing millions of others to do the same.

While you may live halfway across the globe from Bhavika, you share her commitment and passion for giving our children a better future. I have been deeply inspired by the many individuals who are investing in our Best Year Yet Campaign in the face of challenging economic times, recognizing that now is indeed the time to step forward. I invite you to join this campaign by making a year-end gift to ensure that thousands more leaders like Bhavika can make their mark on the world.

Just $85 would provide the opportunity for a woman like Bhavika to attend our three-day Women's Leadership Workshop; $1,000 could provide the same opportunity to more than 10 women. And $200 a month could fund the Women's Leadership and Follow-up Workshops for about 30 elected women representatives. Any investment made by December 15 will be matched dollar-for-dollar.

Thank you for your partnership in the year 2008. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season,

Jill Lester
President and CEO

P.S. Be sure that your holiday shopping benefits The Hunger Project - find out how!

Hunger Project Secures Google Grant!

The grant allows us to run free ads on Google worth up to $10,000 each month. Our ads have already been shown more than 286,000 times, and one-third of our website traffic is coming from the ads!

Over 70?

New legislation allows you to transfer funds from your traditional or Roth IRA directly to The Hunger Project (any amount up to $100,000). These transferred funds are not counted as income to you and therefore are not subject to income tax! But they do count toward helping you meet your annual IRA minimum distribution requirement!

Let us know your plans by December 15 (and complete your transfer by the 31st), and your investment will be doubled as part of our match!